rose to present a petition, touching a matter of which he had given notice, and 1239 he should shortly state the nature of it to the House, as he intended to move, that it be printed with the votes. The petition was from Stephen St. John Cropper, late of Ann-street, Belfast, innkeeper, and stated he had been bribed by Mr. E. Tennent's and Mr. Johnson's friends, and promised a place by Mr. E. Tennent himself. The petitioner prayed, that the House would appoint a committee to examine witnesses on oath and that witnesses might be indemnified so as to enable them to state all the circumstances that came within their knowledge. He should move, that the petition be laid on the Table and printed with the votes.
Motion agreed to.